March 29, 2015
F1 was left for dead after the Australian GP, mired in murky legal squabbles off track, terrible reliability on track and news of the cancellation of the German Grand Prix because of lack of interest.
The F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone publicly blaming the ills of F1 on boring drivers while touting Lewis Hamilton's "lifestyle", rather than his driving, as the model for the F1 champion of the moment. Vettel, his occasional backgammon partner? Bit boring.
But, in Malaysia, Sebastian and Ferrari gave Bernie and the sport the best possible gift by doing what no other team has been able to do in 20 races, beat Mercedes on pure pace and strategy.
For Ferrari it's the first win in 34 races.
Despite being casually described as looking like an American movie mafioso or a "petulant, tobacco peddling marketing "guru",with the menace of a Bond villain, Maurizio Arrivabene seems to have created a great atmosphere at the Scuderia, a podium and a win, the best answer to those media critics.
Vettel drove like you would imagine a 4 time champion would, cool, in control, aware of the big picture. What a contrast to Rosberg. who seemed lost and Hamilton who appeared to get annoyed on Sunday.
Mercedes, a bit shellshocked, probably forgot what it's like to have another team beat them rather than doing it all that "in-house". Undoubtedly it will react.
Yes, it's possible Malaysia was bit of a fluke, track layout, high temperatures and all but for sure you will tune in, two weeks from now to find out if it was.
Raikkonen had a unlucky but very strong race, confirming Ferrari's form but the other highlight had to be Verstappen. Man, the kid has got it. Pass the popcorn!
One last thought for Fernando Alonso. What must he be thinking? Insert Asturian expletives here, for sure.
Or perhaps, as someone suggested on the FB page, with Ferrari and Valentino Rossi winning on the same day, for Fernando it's 2004 all over again!
We kid, we kid...